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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - Paul Echelard Appointed Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Broward Health

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - The North Broward Hospital District Board of Directors has appointed Paul Echelard as Broward Health’s senior vice president/chief operating officer.  In this role, Echelard will be responsible for coordinating the corporate support departments’ operations for Broward Health.  He will also assist the CEO in day-to-day direction of Broward Health entities.

For the past two years Echelard has been a consultant providing nation-wide health care organizations with in-depth analysis of clinical service lines, business development strategies, regulatory reviews and more.   For over 20 years, Echelard served as the CEO for three different hospitals in South Florida. 

At Kindred Hospital Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla., he helped the hospital achieve JCAHO (Joint Commission) Accreditation and profitable status within nine months of opening.  Most of his career was spent with Tenet Hospital Systems.  As the CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, he led the 333-bed hospital to financial and clinical turnaround.  During his tenure as the CEO of Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital in Delray Beach, Fla., Echelard developed a small rehabilitation hospital into the market leader in the state of Florida. 

“We are fortunate to have Paul join our team at Broward Health.  Paul brings a successful track record of operational improvements, and his experience with the Tenet Corporation will be beneficial,” said Frank Nask, President/CEO of Broward Health.

“I am very honored to be Broward Health’s new senior vice president and COO.  I believe the keys to our success are great employees, great physicians and great patient outcomes.  Broward Health certainly possesses the talent and desire to provide high quality and cost effective health care to the community.  I look forward to sharing my administrative and clinical expertise to continuing Broward Health’s great tradition,” said Echelard.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Broward General Medical Center, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center, Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.